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If you’re a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user, expect a free 2GB+ upgrade this summer. Here’s how the process will look.

Courtesy of Microsoft, the upgrade comes in an XML file with clues about the program GWX (Get Windows 10). Users can opt into the update that enables delivery. Files download in the background, requiring minimal intervention. Windows 10 won’t be installed without consent, and it carries no hidden costs.

Windows Insiders will get a Preview build becoming the Current Branch – the public release channel for the program. An Anticipation campaign will likely roll out in June or July, before the launch in late July or August.

Microsoft will stagger updates to reduce the load. Insider Fast and Insider Slow rings will receive early updates. The Current Branch for Business ring allows businesses to delay upgrades to minimize risk.